Graphics Card: PowerColor AX7850 1GBD5-DH
This affordable Radeon HD 7850 delivers amazing performance in a compact design that requires just one six-pin power connector. As we'd expect, AMD's Pitcairn GPU serves up 1024 ALUs running at 860 MHz, while 1 GB of GDDR5 memory operates at 1200 MHz.
PowerColor’s offering does go a little sparse on connectivity, including one dual-link DVI-I, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort output. And the company's bundle lacks a CrossFire bridge or power adapter. Instead, it comes with one DVI-to-VGA adapter, a driver disc, and a thin manual. But as one of the most affordable Radeon HD 7850s on Newegg, we found this card perfect for budget-minded system builders.
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320 GB
Western Digital’s 320 GB Caviar Blue drive spins at 7200 RPM and includes a SATA 6Gb/s interface. We also like its 16 MB data cache. For the price, a two-year warranty isn't shabby, either.
- Squeezing More Bang From The Same Buck
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Box
- Limited Overclocking Strikes Again
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3
- Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Benchmark Results: F1 2012
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Is This Our Best $500 Gamer Ever?